THE END OF THE OCTAVE OF EASTER (THE EIGHT DAYS SUCCEEDING EASTER); WHY IS IT CALLED AN OCTAVE?

THE END OF THE OCTAVE
OF EASTER (THE
EIGHT DAYS SUCCEEDING EASTER);
WHY IS IT CALLED AN OCTAVE?
A SHORT EXPLANNATION:
Dear friends, today marks the end of the
Octave of Easter. To begin with, why is it called an Octave?
The celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection continues in the Church for eight
(8) days (counting from Easter Sunday to the next Sunday), this is called the Octave of Easter.
Each day of the Octave is ranked as a Solemnity in the Church’s liturgical
calendar, the highest ranking of liturgical feasts. At Masses during the Octave
of Easter, as on Sundays, the Gloria, is recited or sung. And at
the end of each Mass of the Octave, the double Alleluia is sung at the dismissal.
The idea of an Octave of a great feast
has its roots in the Old Testament. There are many Jewish feasts that lasted
for eight days, for example, the feast of Passover and the feast of
Tabernacles. In the Catholic Church, we celebrate eight days of Christmas as
well as eight days of Easter.
The Gospel readings at Masses during the Octave
of Easter include
passages from the Gospels that relate various appearances of the Risen Jesus.
Reflecting on these Gospel texts is a wonderful way to prolong the celebration
of Easter. Each day during the Octave, we proclaim in the Gospel Acclamation:
This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Hence, with the celebration of the 2nd
Sunday of
Easter today, we
have come to the end of the 8days of Easter (Octave). However, we’re still in the pool of
Eastertide (that is, Sundays and weekdays of Easter) until
Pentecost (50 days after Easter), after which we shall return to the ordinary
time of the year in the church’s liturgical calendar.
I wish you all God’s grace and
perseverance in the faith as we journey through the Church’s liturgical year.

(SEE ALSO: “WHY DO CATHOLICS MAKE USE OF IMAGES WHEN GOD COMMANDED IN EXODUS CHAPTER 20 NOT TO MAKE IMAGES?”)

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!

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